Thread: Halifax 10" lathe
Hi all refurbishing a very old Halifax 10" lathe that has not run for many years. There is a bearing on the L.h end of the main spindle its looks like taper roller bearing hoping you can see pickture bellow in its the 5th item from left . I does not want to slide off, Should it? or will I need puller? I have tried to leaver with two screwdrivers but don't want to damage it.
I don't know if you've used a bearing puller before, but if not you need to apply force to the inner ring only, the one that's on the shaft. If you apply pressure to the outer ring you will damage the bearing.
Sometimes you can make a steel wedge, with a slot in to take the shaft, and drive it in behind the bearing, you may need a packing washer that contacts the inner race only.
Last edited by EddyCurrent; 02-12-2014 at 10:11 PM.Spelling mistakes are not intentional, I only seem to see them some time after I've posted
I have one those, its the uk version of the Atlas if memory serves. Stronger/wider castings but full of plastic parts.
There should be a roller bearing on each end. They will slide of but are press fitted to resist centrifugal force so take some getting off, you will need a puller or carefully beat the crap out of it with brass drifts. (not ideal)
If you don't need to take them off then I would leave them alone. I had to on mine because the main gear was damaged.
If I do manage to remove the bearings do they go up to a shoulder when refitting?
You can clean the bearings by just separating the outer from the inner as they are tapper bearings. has yours got the removable caps over the bearings?
Yes the thread is there to preload the bearings, how much thread is left? Not sure how easy it will be to rethread as I think it will be hardened. Is there not enough thread to cover the lock nut?
I did mine a while ago but don't think there are any collars. there is the main shoulder at the nose end but then the bearing inner races are compressed to preload the bearings.
I have to go to the workshop tomorrow to check a few bits for the mill so I will have a look at the spare spindle to see what its like.
Thanks Ross. Appreciated.
There is hardly any thread visable when all gears are in position. Anouther idea I had was to recess (counter bore) the small gear so I can pick up on threads hidden by gear but could/would weaken the gear somewhat. Anouther spindle at right price is better option.
Last edited by i lunn; 03-12-2014 at 01:37 PM.
If you didnt want the power feed or threading option then you could just leave out the drive gear.
You might be able to rethread it but thought it was worth mentioning about the hardening. Yeah a replacement would probably be best :0)
I think it was left hand to resist loosening during rotation, you should be able to chase the direction of the thread that is visible.
Mines a mix of atlas and halifax. Robbed all the best bits to make one lathe, most bits are interchangeable, except the spindle shafts.
If you get an atlas shaft then you will need the complete set up, pullies,bearings and oil seals as well. If you can stay awake have a look at my atlas 10 repair thread, page 4 for the spindles.
Pm me, might have a few bits you need.
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